Hidden Artisan Workshop Tour

By Emma Salazar

April 7, 2014, 10am-2pm
Leaving from La Biblioteca Patio, Insurgentes 25
25 USD or 320 pesos
Space is limited, buy your tickets today!!!

On April 7, enjoy the second edition of the amazing Hidden Artisan Workshop tour. La Biblioteca Tours & Events invite you to discover some of the magnificent artists we have in this town. This tour will offer the opportunity to see, enjoy, learn and value their incredible work. The artisans will express in their own way their sense of art, shape and color. You will also learn insider tips about traditional Mexican crafts. At the end of their presentation you will be able to ask questions.

Patchwork Artist.

Angela discovered her passion for patchwork almost 40 years ago by chance, when she was in primary school in a local school and what for other students was homework for her was fun. What impressed her most was the immense range of possibilities that patchwork offered. Today, she can create anything from a simple napkin to commissioned special orders. She loves when her clients get fascinated by her work. She starts by hand marking the fabric in order to get the desired design; this is followed by the process of embroidering and folding. Angela says, ¨My work is guided by my imagination and I have a lot of that!¨

Papier Maché

Don Tomás Patlan explain to us how to start out making a papier maché piece from newspaper and engrudo (glue) in the process he has been using for 62 years. It is time consuming and messy to produce each piece but worth the effort because the final product is durable and lightweight and you can create almost whatever you want with some imagination. He molds, fits, polishes, bleaches twice, then glues lacquers and finally paint. The visitors will be able to see and hear Don Tomás talk about the process of making a piece and finish one of his works.

Tin & Brass Workshop

Don Manuel Mendoza has been creating art out of tin and brass for 54 years. He remembers beginning his craft with Don David Llamas and Don Eleuterio. We will be able to follow Don Manuel and his team including his son Fabricio (designer) while they finish one of their pieces.  The resulting pieces emerge from hours of design time; he has to cut, stamp, push, re-work, weld, paint and varnish the pieces in tin and brass. The final piece is a mixture of texture and softness.

The Rug Hook Project

In the small village of Agustin Gonzales located in the central Mexican highlands near San Miguel de Allende, 20 people spend what little free time they have hooking rugs. You will find them working late at night by kitchen tables after children are asleep or perhaps you will see them sitting under a tree in the hillside tending the cows and working on their rugs.

Their subject matter is the life around them: mountains, cactus, cows, horses, burros, flowers, a small house, a church, ducks, rabbits, chickens, roosters or fish. The people of the area are subsistence farmers who grow corn, beans and squash.  During our visit you will be able to see the manufacturing process of some pieces in  their environment and some pieces will be for sale.

Bio-Architecture Workshop

Casilda Barajas and her group of students in the Bio-architecture with Carrizo course at the Institute El Nigromante of San Miguel de Allende will give visitors a guided tour of the structure and the objects they are creating. The artisan Doña Humildad Damián will provide demonstrations, using natural materials, such as reeds and ropes, in alternative construction techniques that strengthen the traditionally local and representative skills of San Miguel’s artisans who are now making basketry and textiles in an incredible fusion.


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